No worries over Norwich City for Bradley Johnson

Norwich City are not about to start worrying over their winless start to life back in the Premier League, according to Bradley Johnson.

Norwich City are not about to start worrying over their winless start to life back in the Premier League, according to Bradley Johnson.

Peter Odemwingie's third minute strike was the difference – if not the whole story – as the Canaries went down to their second successive league defeat.

But Johnson is confident City have the belief to get over yesterday's disappointment and bag that first win back in the top flight, starting at Bolton on Saturday.

'We are not worrying about it, we're not getting our heads down about it,' said the former Leeds man, who put in another useful shift against the Baggies. 'It's points lost at the end of the day and we have got to pick it up on Saturday and go away to Bolton, which will be another tough game – no game is going to be easy this year in the Premier League – and hopefully we will get that win.


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'I think we have got that belief in abundance in the changing room. You can see that by the way we have performed. Everyone believes we can do well in this league and we have proven that with the four games we have played.

'No one has outplayed us, it is just our own fault – our own mistakes – that we are conceding goals from and we have got to put that right. So we will get on the training pitch Monday and start to put things right.'

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Johnson came as close as anyone in a yellow shirt to drawing City level, with a fearsome first-time drive from distance that whistle an inch or so over the bar with goalkeeper Ben Foster rooted to the spot.

Yet despite the Canaries bossing most of the game, Foster had a relatively quiet afternoon – something Johnson knows City need to address.

'As soon as it left my foot I thought that shot was in, but it's just risen at the last minute and gone over the bar,' said Johnson of his second-half effort. 'I thought we created enough chances to get the win but unfortunately we didn't score.

Johnson added: 'It is frustrating because we are getting into that position, we're getting half chances, but that's the difference in this league. You make a mistake, you get punished, and we've got to be more threatening in front of goal and put our chances away.'

Just like the previous three games, once again there was penalty controversy – as Steven Reid won a painfully soft decision that Declan Rudd brilliantly saved from Odemwingie. Then City saw their own claims waved away as James Vaughan took Gabriel Tamas' elbow full in the face in the final minutes.

'We're very disappointed,' said Johnson. 'I thought we deserved more than a loss and from the performance we put on today we were unlucky to get that – but it's come from a mistake, our own fault, and we've got to learn from it.

'We've seen their penalty in there, and I don't think it is. Moro (Steve Morison) has hardly touched the guy, he's made the most of it and the ref has given it. Then we go up the other end and it's clear the lad has elbowed Vaughany. We are just not getting those decisions at the moment, but I'm sure we will during the season.'

Johnson added praise for Diss youngster Rudd, who pulled off a smart stop from Odemwingie in the first half on his big top flight debut.

'The penalty save was very important for Dec,' added Johnson. 'He's has been working hard since I've been at the club, all week in training he's been working hard, and he got his chance today with John Ruddy suspended and he did well.

'He wasn't at fault for anything, his kicking was good and he saved us a few times, so he did well.'

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